Monday, December 31, 2007
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Thursday, December 20, 2007
I particularly find the following chart useful to know some of the big players with whom I will eventually deal with when I get my mobile application going. Good luck in your mobile strategy. If you ever need additional pointers, just let me know and I will probably find some info for you.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I have previously covered getacoder.com and rentacoder.com. Between these two, I get more bids at more reasonable rates from rentacoder.com.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
- Use mobile coupons from CellFire.com
- Use your phone as a scanner ScanBuy.com
- Look for their logo on ads and text in your order to ShopText.com
Friday, December 14, 2007
Just fire up Fluid, enter the url of the app you want to create and give it a name. Fluid will then create an application and even add an icon based on the site's favicon. Fluid created applications show up on the desktop, in your dock and in the application switcher. In short, they behave just like a normal app. (It only works on a Mac.)
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I have previously written about a car club where you get to drive any car you want and then return it and get another one.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
Some other worthy stops are positioniseverything.net, the various materials at the House of Style , and Russ Weakley's compact tutorials. For decoding convoluted selectors, I recommend the SelectORacle. And of course there's the all-seeing eye of Google.
Let's not forget another great resource: Eric Meyer's own blog, meyerweb.com.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
- Write on any webpage
- Interact on any webpage
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Send this ad via text messaging
Send this ad via email
Send this ad via IM
Call the retailer via a free phone call
Print this ad
Place this ad on your social network
This is a very interesting concept which will enable users to take along any advertisement they see on the web inside their phone or PDA. See their DEMO video. It sounds like a more general service then 8coupons.com
Monday, November 19, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Online video demo
Read the KillerStartUp.com review
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
College students today know they can save money buying textbooks online. They go to the campus bookstore and write down ISBN numbers for their courses. But do they know for certain they wrote down the correct ISBN? They joke about it on their web site, humorously naming a condition "Chronic ISBN Transposition", as if it was some kind of disease. Seriously though you can write down the wrong number or switch number positions which is transposing. Therefore you have the wrong ISBN and will have to go back to the campus bookstore. TextBack has made it easy. While in the bookstore simply send keyword "ISBN" followed by the 10 digit ISBN number to short code 4INFO (44636). Isn't it better to text the ISBN to confirm you have the right textbook when you go online? After you send a text message they store the book on the website in a mobile cart so can purchase online from Amazon Market Place. They also send you a text with online pricing and the title. Giving you confidence knowing you have the right textbook. You don't have to sign up or join. More importantly, you don't have to give them your cell phone number. They place a numeric code in their response messages. All you need do is enter the code on the site and they will display all of the books for you. The system is good for any book not just textbooks. Technical professionals can use the system for those expensive tech books too.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
I also read that Apple makes about $18 per monht per iPhone from revenue sharing with AT&T. Over the course of a 2 year contract that is about $500 in profit per iPhone. Here is the CNET story.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
It's about globalization, what it means to your career and even what it means to the banking industry. Towards the end you will hear what a major global bank is doing.
Try either one of these links:
Friday, October 26, 2007
As of this writing, Dashwire only works on phones with Windows Mobile 5 and 6, with support for more phones coming soon. Bloove supports all modern Symbian and J2ME phones from Nokia and Sony Ericsson.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
This is useful for keeping track of what kinds of products my website is selling. Each time an item is added to a shopping cart, a set of that item's descriptors are sent to the tagcloud service. These descriptors may include size, color, style, etc. which in turn are represented by different tagclouds. For example, I could have a tagcloud of all the styles I am selling and another tagcloud of the most popular colors.
So here is a short list of what I have found. Please add to this as you discover some more:
Steve Thomas built his own with PHP, MySQL and CSS
Friday, October 19, 2007
Inside The Matrix for Mobiles
A Richer Trip to the Mall, Guided by Text Messages
Brokering a Deal, Carefully, Between Malls and the Web
New Option for Teens Passionate about Instant Messaging
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I think I will start using them when I get an iPhone because it takes great photos and I'll be using the camera phone a lot.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Ruby AMF Tutorial
Ruby AMF Blog
Monday, October 15, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
ROBIN: Here is my response to your question. I understand you built Fat Free Cart. That is pretty awesome. Here is the deal from a developer's perspective.
If you sign up for a free account on KickApps.com and start creating your own social network you might see what I see. Once you create your network anyone can sign up to become a member and thereby be permitted to upload videos, pics, and blog, tag, etc. Basically anyone can join your community and start contributing.
Now I imagine one of these social networks (or communities) can be used as an ecommerce site. Anyone wanting to sell their stuff can upload pics, videos, etc describing their products. Anyone wanting to buy the products can browse the site and click on any item to add to the cart.
So here is the trick. Every member of your community who is selling products has a unique id which is generated by KickApps. You must attach this id to each product that person is selling. You must then pass this id (and the product's own id, etc) to the shopping cart. When the order is completed, the community owner (you) must receive all this info and pass the order requests to the individual sellers for fulfillment.
I imagine one can use jQuery to create the cart's code on each product with the seller's id attached. I am probably thinking outside the box and really need to look into all these details further. If you can shed any light on this, please do so. Thank you.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Kerpoof is aiming to become a leading destination site for children through a suite of activities that are enriching as well as entertaining. On Kerpoof, kids can create art, stories, and animated movies using a simple 3D interface, and when done, can save it to their gallery, share it with others, and vote on their favorites.
Krista Marks, CEO for Kerpoof presenting. Aims to change the way kids interact with the computer. Most of what kids do today is mindless, a waste of time - Kerpoof wants to change this.
Goal: to be a site where fun is not separate from learning, but integral to it. Kids can create art through the site, write their own stories, create their own movies.
Parents are no longer buying software for their kids with the explosion of broadband - they are turning to websites for them. Neopets and Club Penguin are very popular, but are not as educational as they could be. At the same time, CS majors are plummeting. Bizworld saw this trend and came to Kerpoof to create software to educate children using the web.
Easy tool for kids to make their own picture scenes - cool effects when you add particular elements to the scene (add a moon and it becomes night, etc.). You can share your pictures with friends.
To make a movie, pick a scene then a backdrop. CEO claiming the movie creator teaches kids object oriented programming. You put objects in a scene and then make the objects do things (objects and methods). Looks like a basic Flash applet creator. Still, looks impressive. You can add music to the background. You can add multiple scenes to an entire movie.
If you want to add interactivity to a movie, you can have prompts at different points in the movie that change how the movie proceeds (makes it more like a game created by kids).
Kerpoof is live and freely available now.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Here is a review found at Wired.
Subvert and Profit runs an ever-expanding black market for votes on social media sites. We are simultaneously the easiest way to make money online and the cheapest form of advertising in the web 2.0 sphere. We are the crowdhackers, and we are very good at what we do.
Other "social media optimization" sites can only advise their clients on ways to design their sites for Digg and StumbleUpon. Subvert and Profit actually gets you the votes, and for cheap!
By crowdsourcing our operation to over 3000 anonymous Internet users, we can provide a cheap, effective form of undercover marketing. Read the FAQ to see how it all works.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Romancing the Flat Pack: Ikea, Repurposed
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
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If I were doing photography, these are the people who would do my online albums. I did some research for my cousin in Dallas and after looking at a bunch of similar services, this company is the best I saw.
- Excellent upload tools.
- All the metadata of your photos is captured in the upload, such as date, time, GPS, and a bunch of camera details, like Focal Length.
- Very slick interface for browsing the photos and very fast
- Very easy for anyone to order prints.
- You can set your own pricing on the print products and you keep the difference from the actual cost of the prints.
- Many print products, like calendars, cups, t-shirts, etc.
- You can have unlimited number of photos and albums.
Sure, it is not free like Flickr.com but you get so much more for very reasonable pricing. If I were doing this for a living, every client of mine would get an online album of their event and all their guests could order prints from there.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
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Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
TechCrunch review 1
TechCrunch review 2
Friday, July 20, 2007
My favorite option with this is: SWFObject has full support for the Adobe Flash Player Express Install feature. Your users never have to leave your site to upgrade their player.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Another easy invoice solution is at:
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
T-Mobile is now giving away free WiFi wireless routers and a special phone that will automatically switch between your cellular service and any available WiFi service so you won't be charged minutes when using VoIP on WiFi.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
NYT article: Like Shopping? Social Networking? Try Social Shopping
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Here is a nicely done comparison between Kickapps and Ning.
Here is TechCrunch's Comparison Chart
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Product Life Stories
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Friday, June 01, 2007
eBooks About Everything
The Ten Day MBA @ Amazon.com
The Ten Day MBA @ eBooks.com
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
something....well, pragmatic out of it. He created a series of what he
calls Code Kata, which are small, thought-provoking exercises that
programmers can do in the language of their choice. Each kata
emphasizes a specific technique or thought process, providing a concrete
flexing of one's mental muscles.
site. You can register for an account and compete online for
prizes. Even if you're not interested in competing with others, Top-
Coder offers a practice room with a large collection of practice problems
that you can use as excellent fodder for your practice sessions.
Go sign up and give it a try.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Fotolia.com is the revolutionary image bank that is fast, easy and always on. More than 3.2 million images starting at $1 are ready for downloaded. 1000 new members a day are inspired by our spirit!
- Over 3.2 million professional images
- High quality images starting at just $1
- Free membership
- Revolutionary images
- Industry disruptor
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
On the Fast Track to Love
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
My Daughter, the Burger-Flipping Penguin
Some of the mentioned services are:
Disney Xtreme Digital
Monday, April 30, 2007
NYT Review: Got Roomfuls of Stuff? Now Sitew Will Help Keep Track of It
Friday, April 27, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
For seeing examples of Google Maps Mashups visit the Google Maps Mania blog.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
One of the first to do this is Jott.com. They have a toll-free number you call and speak for up to 30 seconds. Real humans then transcribe your message to text and send it to your destination(s) which you will have previously setup in your free account at jott.com.
This is a very interesting trend of using human networks to usurp the normal role of computers. Can you think of other industries or services where this is happening?
On Wikipedia I searched for "human search engine" and also found Jatalla.com
These new services depend on a network of people doing all the work. If I were building a network of people I would definitely get pointers from these two big players.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
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Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Free Democratizing Innovation book
Friday, March 23, 2007
In this new intention economy, a buyer has full intention to by something in particular. The sellers will not only need to offer the exact user specifications but compete on price, service and quality.
Checkout the Intention Economy at:
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
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Thursday, February 15, 2007
RIAs for the Holidays
ShopComposition.com — great-looking, full-blown RIA shopping for designer home goods.
Nike.com — another RIA shopping experience from the folks who "Just Did It."
Etsy.com — serendipitous product finding interfaces; try the Shop by Color, Time Machine and Sampler features.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Here is a demo.
Biz Week article
In this post we've summarized the latest video industry innovations under the following categories:
- Video Sharing
- Video Search
- Video eCommerce
- Video Editing & Creation
- Rich Media Advertising
- P2P (Peer To Peer)
- Video Streaming
Monday, February 12, 2007
Give Me Cash
Friday, February 09, 2007
"This is a great place to start if you're looking to find a cool DIY project to try out"
Another one is Make found at makezine.com
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
MySpace and eBay
Friday, February 02, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Ship - directly from your Ship From address; print shipping labels; and then track and view shipment reports.
Save - time and save money. It's so easy. And, best of all, RedRoller is FREE!
Monday, January 29, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
When we do the math, it may not turn out to be so great. I took a look at my own spending habits and this is what I discovered.
- I have an average of 50 checkcard purchases per month.
- If you average the spare change on any purchase you get $0.50. That's because the average number from 1 cent to 99 cents is 50 cents.
- 50 x $0.50 = $25.00 you will be putting aside into your savings account.
- For the first three months, BofA will match 100% of $25.00 so in three months that's $75 BofA will put into your savings.
- Thereafter, BofA matches 5% so on average $25 x 5% = $1.25 per month BofA will put into your savings.
- In one year BofA will put $1.25 x 12 = $15.00
- $15 is nothing compared to any overdraft or under balance fees you may pay in a year.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
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Friday, January 12, 2007
Invented by Jefferson Han
Thursday, January 11, 2007
1. iShopper. Scenario: u r shopping and find an item u really like but the price is 2 high. Using your iPhone's camera u upload a picture of the item to an "object search engine" such as Like.com. The search engine returns a list of similar items available in your local shopping area, along with current prices and availability. It may turn out there is an exact same item just down the mall at another store, so it just saved u a lot of time.
2. iPlacer. Scenario1: Your friend calls u and the iPhone simultaneously auto-places your friend on a Google map at his exact location. Now you can keep track of each other's location. Scenario 2: U find yourself in an unknown city or neighborhood and need a taxi. Your problem is that there are no street signs so u normally couldn't give your location to a taxi. Not a problem anymore because u and the taxi have iPhones and the taxi driver can pinpoint you.
3. iGuide. Scenario: u r touring an unfamiliar territory, such as a shopping, restaurant, or historical district. Using your iPhone's camera and its GPS you point it at a restaurant. It recognizes the restaurant and gives u its website, contact info and menu. U then point your phone at a historical landmark and the iPhone does a search and gives u all sorts of historical background info of what u r looking at.
4. iEvent. I first thought that this app should be called iSportster, but then I realized it applies to more than just sporting events. The concept comes from the movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. In the movie we see groups of kids watching the cars race by and using their phones' built-in videocams to broadcast the race to other groups of kids further down the racetrack. At every turn of the racetrack there are kids doing the same thing with their phones, thereby eveyone is viewing the race from different angles in real time. The phones are able to broadcast the video to other phones.
Now with the iPhone and all its glorious features, this concept can be refined. The scene: u r at a basketball game at a stadium equipped with WiFi. As u walked into the stadium your phone received a seating map of stadium. Many other fans are there sitting all over the stadium with their own iPhones. Each fan is videocaming their view of the game and is being broadcast to other iPhones. In addition, the TV cameras at the stadium are also broadcasting, thru WiFi, their video footage to the iPhones. With your iPhone u view the seating map of the stadium and see all the pin markers of all the iPhones and TV cameras available for viewing. U pick a camera and view the game from that angle in real time. U have to go to the rest room but don't want to miss a second of the game, so u take your iPhone with u. Their are also people outside the stadium with iPhones who could not get a ticket to the game, but are able to view the game thru all the available cameras as well.
Now think about a local high school baseball game, where there is no WiFi. Many fans with iPhones sitting all around are also able to share video footage by broadcasting to each other because the iPhone s also operate on the Cingular network. To navigate to different videocams, each iPhone can pull up a Google map of their location with pin markers of other local iPhones sharing their video footage. By clicking on one of these pin markers u can change your viewing angle of the game in real time.
Because this applies to more than just games, think about what other types of events this could be useful at. For example, at a parade u often wonder what's coming down the road next. Well up the road there are people with iPhones videocaming the parade and u can see their footage thru your iPhone. Think about how a security officer with an iPhone can tap into all the security cameras at a store no matter where he is.
5. iRemote. When your iPhone rings and you are at home and have an AppleTV dvr, then have the caller id appear on the screen. iPhone and AppleTV should be able to communicate with each other out of the box. This is almost the same as what Time Warner Cable does thru their cable and digital phone services. When your digital phone rings at home, the caller id is shown on the screen. Plus you can browse thru your phone's call log on your TV. You should be able to do the same call log browsing on the AppleTV. In addition, you should be able to use the AppleTV as another interface to all your functionality on your iPhone. In other words, just use your AppleTV to view everything on your iPhone, except you won't be able to use your fingers to navigate, but rather u will need to use your AppleTV remote control. This way u won't have to go find your iPhone when u are watching TV. Just answer the call on your AppleTV. The show u r watching will be muted, while u take the call or listen to your messages.
To carry the AppleTV and iPhone integration a bit further, imagine this. Some commercials have a website and a phone number that appear on your TV. Just point and click on a phone number with your AppleTV remote and the iPhone will auto-dial the number so u can start talking right away. Or click on a website url appearing on your TV and the iPhone will auto-navigate there. So u r watching a pizza commercial and decide u want to order pizza. Normally u would go hunting for your phone book to look up the phone number of your local pizza place. Now u will be able to click on a pizza commercial and the iPhone will automatically call your local pizza place so u can place your order right away.
What r your killer apps for the iPhone? Need some inspiration? Try Googling "iPhone Killer App"
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
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Here is David Pogue's podcast about online storage backups
There are various reviews/videos about Vosky at: